Why top-up to an online Degree? - NCC Education

Why top-up to an online Degree? 28 September 2017

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If you have just finished your Level 5 Diploma, you may be wondering what to do next. Whilst there are many options available, one route is to top up your diploma to a full UK degree.

There are plenty of reasons to consider before deciding to top-up your degree, which include:



Unlike a campus university, there is no set timetable to attend lectures or seminars with an online degree. Lecture materials and tutorials are usually available to view online at your convenience; something particularly helpful if you have work commitments or children to look after.



Course Cost

The current cost of most university courses in the UK are approximately £9,000 per year for UK students and can cost up to £20,000 per year for international students.

Studying online can be up to 75% cheaper than paying full UK campus tuition fees.

Other Costs

The cost of relocation to the UK can also be a major hindrance for a lot of international students; as well as flights and visas, other accommodation costs such as deposits, admin fees and rent must be considered.

By topping up your degree online, you don’t have to worry about any of these additional costs. Furthermore, as there is no travel involved, students can expect to save an average of £709 a year on what would be transport costs to and from university (according to the National Union of Students).



Relocating to a new country can be an exciting adventure, but it often means leaving family and friends behind. It can also be hard to make new friends in a country that doesn’t speak your primary language. If the prospect of saying goodbye to your home seems daunting, then it might be a good idea to consider studying online.

Likewise, if you aren’t confident with your English speaking/ listening, everyday tasks such as shopping and using public transport could be a struggle. It can also be hard to adapt to the different cultural norms and values of another country.


Career Prospects

According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2015), graduates of a working age earn an average of £32,500 compared to just £22,000 for non-graduates. Whilst obtaining a degree doesn’t necessarily directly lead to a better job, it would certainly enhance your career prospects by opening doors to new opportunities such as graduate employment schemes and internships.

Graduates are also likely to progress to senior roles faster than non-graduates, with many graduates being offered managerial trainee-ships. Furthermore, if you are an international student who is planning to work in the UK, then it is advantageous to have a formally recognised British qualification when seeking work.



As technology increases, there has been a movement towards increased online communication. With online top up degrees, you can take part in live online discussions to engage with module leaders and fellow students. You can connect and make friends with students from all around the globe, becoming part of a large online community.

Course materials can all be accessed online. This makes it more accessible for students who otherwise may not be able to go to a campus university, because of location, a disability/ health issue or other family commitments.


Broaden your Mind

Finally, one of the best reasons to undertake a top-up degree is to educate yourself and expand your current skillset.

Studying for a degree allows you to develop transferable skills such as time management (by organising your study time/ assignments), reading and writing (through writing academic assignments) and communication skills (by taking part in online discussions).

If you have a thirst for knowledge and enjoyed completing your Level 5 Diploma, then you could consider taking an extra year to further your study.


NCC Education offer two online top-up undergraduate degrees, accredited by UK universities, to find out more:

Click here to find out information about our BA (Hons) Business Administration Top-Up at the University of Worcester.

Click here to find out information about our BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems Top-up at the University of Central Lancashire.


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